PERSONAL: Born in Oxford, England. Education: Attended Oxford University.
ADDRESSES: Home—West London, England. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Orion Publishing Group, Orion House, 5 Upper Saint Martin's La., London WC2H 9EA, England.
CAREER: Writer. Duckworth Publishers, London, England, solicitor. Also worked as a bookseller.
"SAM FALCONER" NOVELS
Bloodless Shadow, Orion Publishing Group (London, England), 2003, Berkley Books (New York, NY), 2005.
Cutting Blades, Orion Publishing Group (London, England), 2005.
SIDELIGHTS: In an interview with Ayo Onatade for Shots online, author Victoria Blake revealed that prior to publishing her first crime novel, Bloodless Shadow, she had unsuccessfully tried to publish two other books. Deciding to give writing one final try, Blake ventured into the crime genre. She commented that while she had read "tons of crime" throughout her life, she had been "frightened by the plotting aspects" of writing a crime novel. Nevertheless, Blake finished—and published—Bloodless Shadow, her first book in a series about private investigator Samantha Falconer.
In Bloodless Shadow, Blake introduces Samantha "Sam" Falconer, a four-time world judo champion turned private investigator. After agreeing to investigate the disappearance of a prominent psychiatrist's missing wife, Sam must return to Oxford, England, a city she associates with painful memories she had hoped to leave behind.
Blake's debut novel was met with mixed reviews. A contributor to Publishers Weekly stated that Bloodless Shadow is "engaging" and remarked upon "the smoothly interwoven plot lines and the authentic settings." A critic for Kirkus Reviews felt that the "by-the-numbers plotting" does little to grab readers' attention. On the other hand, Shots contributor Onatade noted that "Sam's private life is quite fascinating…. It will be interesting to see how this series develops and how Ms. Falconer handles herself in the future."
In Blake's second 'Sam Falconer' novel, Cutting Blades, the detective is once again investigating a missing person, this time a talented rower from Oxford University. Cutting Blades, like Bloodless Shadow, reveals more secrets from Sam's past as she attempts to solve a string of intertwined mysteries. A reviewer for the CrimeSquad Web site observed that while the plot in Cutting Blades is interesting, "it is the marvelous canvas of different characters that always hold your attention." The reviewer concluded that it is the "fascinating" characters that "urge you to turn the pages."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2005, review of Bloodless Shadow, p. 664.
Library Journal, July 1, 2005, Rex E. Klett, review of Bloodless Shadow, p. 56.
Publishers Weekly, June 6, 2005, review of Bloodless Shadow, p. 43.
CrimeSquad, http://www.crimesquad.com/ (October 10, 2005), review of Cutting Blades.
Orion Publishing Group Web site, http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/ (October 10, 2005).
Shots Online, http://www.shotsmag.co.uk/ (October 10, 2005), Ayo Onatade, review of Bloodless Shadow and interview with Victoria Blake.
"Blake, Victoria." Contemporary Authors. . Encyclopedia.com. (March 26, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/blake-victoria
"Blake, Victoria." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved March 26, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/blake-victoria
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.